Google’s biggest-ever takeover has been given approval by competition regulators in both the EU and USA, paving the way for the takeover to be legally completed.
Back in August 2011, Google announced a $12.5bn bid to buy Motorola’s mobile technology division. These videos outline the strategic rationale for the takeover:
At the time the takeover was announced, many observers questioned Google’s decision to diversify into smartphone and tablet manufacture. Some have questioned whether Google is losing its strategic focus with takeovers of this kind.
However, a key part of the deal was that the takeover will give Google access to thousands of Motorola Mobility’s patents. Google’s CEO Chief executive Larry Page explained that the takeover would “enable us to better protect Android from anti-competitive threats from Microsoft, Apple and other companies”.